Welcome to the Jungle

Cute jungle classroom theme…the decorations are all inexpensive and easy to DIY! Ideas for a rules tree bulletin board, a tiki hut reading area, and activities for a kindergarten/first grade classroom.

Such a cute jungle classroom theme...the decorations are all inexpensive and easy to DIY! There are ideas for a rules tree bulletin board, a tiki hut reading area, and activities for a kindergarten/first grade classroom.

 

My classroom is basically finished! I have a couple more things to do…I'm making a tiki hut reading area in the corner, and my principal is letting me use her animal print bookshelves. Besides a few little things, here's what we've got!

 
 
My behavior management board…I'm going to have monkeys to swing from the “vines,” and each day the students have a good day they'll stay on the green vine!
 
Excuse the air conditioner vents on the counter. 🙂
 
I painted the countertops black and the background white to match the rest of the class. The leaves were made out of butcher paper!
 
My job board…I have these cute jungle rulers with animal faces on them ordered, and each student will have one. They'll rotate jobs each day!
 
The books are still all over the rug…the bookshelf will go between the desks and the giraffe rug.
 
Updated: Several people have asked where the rugs came from. The big giraffe print rug is from Walmart.com…and believe it or not, it was on clearance! You can just go to the site and type in “giraffe rug” and it might come up – but this was purchased several years ago now. The smaller animal print rug is from Kirkland's…I don't know if the whole country has those, but it's a home decorating store we have throughout the southeast.
 
You can see my word wall underneath the board. For those non-teachers, a word wall represents all of the words you learn throughout the year, so the students have continual exposure to new vocabulary. My FABULOUS Promethean board is above that.
 
 
One of the reading areas…if I have enough bamboo left from the tiki hut I'm going to make a “fence” behind that blank wall.
My small group center – with student writing sample display behind that!
This is where the tiki hut is going. You can see the blue tape where the walls are going to go, and it's going to have a thatched roof!
I am SO lucky I have six computers!
Looking at the room from the back corner (where the hut will go) – I still have to put the nameplates on the desks, but I don't have my class list yet.
 
I am SO happy with the way it turned out!

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28 Comments

  1. Man, you worked your hiney off in that room..and it shows! It looks great!

  2. it looks great Leslie! you are so creative and are going to be a great teacher! i do have a question…do you have to pay for all the decorations and stuff? i have no idea how all that works and i was just wondering.

  3. South Family says:

    WOW!! It looks so great!!

  4. Too cute! You did a GREAT job!!! Your kids are going to love being in your class!

  5. Helen Joy says:

    I wish I could be in your class!

  6. I love your jungle theme! Too cute…you did an excellent job! I cant wait to decorate my classroom in a year or two!

  7. Julianne Hendrickson says:

    This is too cute! I would love to be able to have that much freedom in my own classroom, sheesh! So nice that your school is allowing you to do what you need to do! COngrats and good luck 🙂

  8. I love the room! I still remember my first year teaching, my theme was the jungle too! You are lucky you go to paint and do it up all cute-I had to buy tons of fabric and rugs. I'm in Atlanta and we have Promethean boards in all our rooms too-love it! Are you a member of Promethean Planet? If not, join-you can share and download flipcharts of everything. You should check out my website-https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/130020728447613/site/default.aspI've been meaning to email you-I just started a blog and wanted to get you to "pimp it." ha! Plus, I grew up in Bham and have some friends in T town and wanted to see if you knew them. Anyway, I will look for your email in the sidebar and email you. You are going to have such a great time teaching at a magnet school-it's a whole different ballgame! Susannah

  9. WOW! Your room turned out GREAT! You have some lucky kids! That Promethean board is just incredible! I've never seen anything like that before!{{HUGS}}Robin :o)

  10. It turned out great! You are so creative….the kids are going to love it.

  11. Shelly Powers says:

    Leslie your room looks great! Love it all! My son's classroom was monkey themed last year and his teacher hung holla hoops from the ceiling and hang fishing line from those and changed them out with differnt things throughout the year, student crafts or holiday related things it was really cute… she also bought the curious george pinuta from the party store and hung those around too it was really cute and 3D… just a few ideas… you would never know that was a middle school room you did a FAB job! love it 🙂

  12. So so cute! I know that you're so excited! I will be there soon enough. I start Block 3 in the Fall (ahhh)! Any advice you wanna give? lol How is the p.e. class? I am DREADING it! Are you nervous about the magnet school? I know this is like 21 questions, but I just have a million of them. You know how it is! lol

  13. Hey, Leslie! I'm new to your blog, but I love reading it. Your room is precious–I teach kindergarten in New Orleans, so I love seeing all of your teaching stuff. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Katie Patterson says:

    Very Nice!!! What grade are you teaching…I am a music teacher in Miami, FL and love seeing ideas from other teachers!!! There is a great book called Jungle Drums that would fit in perfectly with your theme…The book promotes learning to get along with different people regardless of what they look like…If you are interested you can contact me and I will give you the full name and author.GOOD LUCK!!!

  15. Lil' Woman says:

    Wow, you did a great job! Your classroom looks awesome, what grade do you teach?

  16. I just came across your blog from the "show us where you live friday". I LOVE your classroom…so creative and fun! I just graduated from UAB with Early Childhood/Elementary Ed degree, but I haven't had any luck on jobs in the area…ugh! I can't wait to get more ideas for my future classroom!!

  17. Such a fun room! I kind of wish Samuel could be in your class:) You did a great job and I bet you are going to be an awesome teacher!!! Did you get the zebra rug at the Midtown Village Kirklands? I also love the giraffe rug!!!

  18. Teresa @ Grammy Girl says:

    It looks fantastic….

  19. Wow- what an amazing classroom! It looks so bright and cheerful and looks like you put a ton of work into it to make it that way! Your students are going to love it!

  20. John & Michelle says:

    We used to live in Hartsell, AL! What a small world! Your classroom looks awesome too!Michelle

  21. Sevibabyyy says:

    That is by far the coolest classroom I've ever seen.

  22. King J's Queen says:

    Good luck with your first year of teaching! Your classroom is really exciting. The jungle theme is going to be a big hit with the kids.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I came over from Kelly's Korner and I wanted to tell you that your classroom looks great. I taught first grade before I had my boys and looking at your classroom makes me miss teaching but I don't miss it enough to go back and give up staying home with my babies!Sarah in GA

  24. My God, how I wish to have been your student right now. The tiki hut corner would look nice own the walls have been put up. It's great that somebody's trying out new and exciting things for the students to enjoy. With your creativity,you could easily pursue an interior decorator career.